Scouting the Pac-12: UCLA

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

While much of the chatter around UCLA surrounds its talented signal caller, the team also offers several next-level prospects that will be scooped up on the draft’s last day.

Quarterback Josh Rosen has been in the news lately, and I expect it’s something that will continue in the lead-up to next January and possibly beyond.

Putting all the recent hullabaloo aside, I like Rosen’s game -- a lot.

He’s a heady, tough quarterback with great intangibles and feel for the position. His poise in the pocket is impressive, as is Rosen’s command of the offense. He does a great job moving the sticks by using all his targets and spreading the ball around.

Rosen shows a cool head under pressure and is always on the same page as pass catchers. His accuracy and pass placement really stood out to me on film. Rosen has the ability to place the ball where only his receiver can come away with the catch.

I’m not a big fan of his arm strength and feel while he’s adequate getting the ball downfield, no team is drafting Rosen for a vertical passing game.

Will Rosen be available in next April’s draft?

Early word I’m hearing from sources close to Westwood is there’s still some serious concern about Rosen’s injured shoulder and whether it will be healthy enough to pass NFL medicals in seven months.

The talented passer hurt his shoulder early last October during a loss to conference foe Arizona State and missed the rest of the season. Reports had a nerve in the shoulder causing problems.

Fast forward almost 10 months and I’m told there is a feeling around the program the severity of the injury could keep Rosen at UCLA past the 2017 season.

To be continued.

Rosen’s center Scott Quessenberry draws a variety of opinions, with some believing he’s a late-round choice and others stamping him a second-day prospect.

Presently we grade Quessenberry as a fourth-rounder and feel he has the makings of an eventual starter at the next level. He’s a tough-as-nails blocker who does the little things well. Though not real nifty or nimble, Quessenberry is stout at the point of attack and shows enough movement skill to block in motion.

Last August during my Bruins 2016 preview, I mentioned that I felt Jayon Brown, then graded as a street free agent by scouts, was one of the more underrated linebackers in the nation.

Presently I feel the same way about Bruins senior linebacker Kenny Young.

The three-year starter is a terrific football player with next-level instincts. He’s constantly around the action making plays against the run or pass and does a terrific job leading the Bruins defense.

He’s not a fast linebacker on film and speed may be a limiting factor, but I believe Young can line up in a variety of schemes at the next level.

UCLA

Grade

Rnd

Full Name

Pos

#

Yr

3.97

1st

Josh Rosen

QB

3

3Jr

3.54

4th

Scott Quessenberry

C

52

5Sr

3.45

5th

Kenny Young

ILB

42

4Sr

3.20

FA

Jaleel Wadood

S

2

4Sr

3.12

FA

Soso Jamabo

RB

1

3Jr

3.04

FA

Adarius Pickett

S

6

4Jr

3.02

FA

Matt Dickerson

DE

99

4Sr

3.00

FA

Kenny Lacy

G

76

5Sr

3.00

FA

Andre James

G

75

3So

2.99

FA

Darren Andrews

WR

7

5Sr

2.88

FA

Sunny Odogwu

T

66

5Sr

2.84

FA

Jacob Tuioti-Mariner

DE

91

4Sr

2.79

FA

Nate Starks

RB

23

4Sr